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  1. The detrimental result would be going unmatched. I don't doubt that this was the best strategy for you, and that you had spent a lot of time thinking about your approach to matching and CaRMS. I also appreciate that even though you weren't selected for the specialty you were most competitive for, you were able to make a good enough impression on the others to be successful. I have seen your posts on this forum for years and the utmost respect for you. Unfortunately, for most people, CaRMS is still very much a numbers game, and while I understand that everyone has their own advice based on their experiences, applying to 3 competitive specialties in a geographically limited area can have the very very real consequence of you going unmatched. If you appreciate and accept that risk, then by all means apply with that strategy. I would not however, advocate for this strategy across the board because one applicant in the past was successful with this strategy.
  2. You already have tons of good advice here, and I agree with almost all of it. I think you should definitely do a home school elective in your field. There are different expectations for core clerks vs. elective students, and it isn't all about showing interest when you do electives. Especially for EM, there are many many people who "enjoy" that core and work hard during it, that aren't necessarily interested in the field. Doing an elective gives them an opportunity to see growth and essentially how you would function as an R1. Maybe consider another main site different from your core if you have that option. Your best chance at matching to a competitive speciality is at your home school, and I wouldn't lower that chance, just to improve it a little bit at another school. I also don't think 50% OOP is necessary (esp. if you are in Ontario). If you aren't then maybe someone else can comment on their experiences. You just a couple to show you are willing to move around.
  3. There is no single answer to this and it certainly varies by specialty and by program. You could talk to 10 different people (even in the same program) and get 10 different answers. My opinion is, as with anything, quality over quantity. If you do research, you should be able to talk about why, what you learned, and how those skills will help you in the future. I have no idea re: your second question.
  4. "Most", which is why "most" students match. There are still many medical students that don't show interest, disappear for long periods of time, and have a general lack of work ethic. That being said, the biggest thing I've seen students get "flagged" for is being arrogant, not-teachable, and having no appreciation for the limitations of their knowledge (creating unsafe situations for patients and staff). I'll also second the "don't be a gunner" sentiment. Don't go over residents heads to show off to staff. There is an important distinction between hard work, and trying to show off by being too keen. It's important to keep in mind that staff and residents are selecting colleagues. They want someone they like and can work well with. This doesn't necessarily correlate to the smartest medical student.
  5. Im actually pretty sure I left those descriptions blank. I didn't think a description added any value or that anybody was going to read it.
  6. There is no single format for the CV. You should include all things academic that make you stand out and some non-academic things (though debatable, I did) that might make you seem unique. For an idea of what categories to consider, see this link (starting page 208): https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/learner-equity-wellness/services/Canadian_Medical_Residency_Guide.pdf A quick CaRMS CV google search will also yield some helpful documents.
  7. Do any schools explicitly require an "academic" reference. If not, then this distinction is not even relevant. I would say that anything related to coursework and/or research would fit the "academic" description.
  8. For all the reasons you listed, save the money and get the 64GB.
  9. OMSAS is a system for all Ontario medical schools, so they don't look for anything actually. They are just a system to process your application and distribute it to each Ontario school. The tricky part is to write/structure your application so it gives you the most benefit for as many schools as possible. Typically, the CANMEDs roles are still stressed (same as BC), but each school has a couple quirks which you can find on their admission websites.
  10. I would ask the actual PI to write the letter, or at least sign it. Technically the PhD student is still a trainee and so it might not be completely appropriate. You could discuss with her that she actually write the letter and support the PI in writing it, but at the end of the day, your supervisor should be the one to sign or at least co-sign it.
  11. FYI, Guelph is by no means an "easy" university. You should go somewhere where you will be happy and able to focus on your studies. You can get a good GPA at any school. Those 2 programs self-select for students who want to go to medical school which is why many students end up there. Doesn't mean you cant be equally as successful anywhere else.
  12. Not sure this is the point of the BPEs. At most, a single reference in the form of a quote may occasionally be useful/thought provoking/add to your position, but I don't think adding sources or forming these responses as a research question provides any benefit. These are PERSONAL essays. The committee is interested in learning about your opinions, and your thought process, and what experiences you have had to help you develop those thoughts. Showing you spent a few minutes looking up sources isn't going to highlight anything about you and might actually take away from the point. I would write these from the heart using personal experiences and CANMEDs roles to answer them (and yes it is definitely possible for every BPE question this year).
  13. Agree with above. This ratio would place your specialty at one of the most competitive in the country, if not the most competitive. So if those numbers are from your home school only, without even considering others across the country, then no, those are not "good odds". In fact, they are terrible. I would start with a solid backup plan now if you don't already have one.
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